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The Supervillain Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide to Destruction and Mayhem Paperback – April 25, 2012
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“Without great supervillains, superheroes would have no one to fight but each other! King Oblivion, Ph.D., has performed a noble public service with The Supervillain Handbook and deserves the unbounded gratitude of every thinking comic book fan. Excelsior!” (Stan Lee)
“Contained within the pages of The Supervillain Handbook is an easy-to-follow blueprint for villainy and world domination. If it should fall into the wrong hands, it could threaten the very foundations of our society. Those of us who value decency and the rule of law must rush out and purchase every copy we find! Every copy we buy is a copy that won't end up in the clutches of some aspiring supervillain” (Chris Roberson, former writer of Superman)
“At long last, everything YOU or your loved ones need to give themselves over wholeheartedly to the meaningful and lasting pursuit of villainy has been recorded in these pages. Had I this book in high school, you'd be wearing a grey uniform right now and your hair would be shaved into a, like, reverse-monk sort of thing I had figured out, as, if I had this book in high school, you would all be my minions and the world would be my playground. My loss is YOUR gain. Hail King Oblivion!” (Matt Fraction, writer of Iron Man and Thor)
“A darkly clever book invaluable to the supervillain community. And I'm not just saying that because the author's hyperphotonic deathray is pointed at my loved ones.” (Mark Waid, writer of Daredevil, and formerly The Fantastic Four, The Flash, and Captain America)
“This book is going to elevate otherwise common criminals like CEOs and hedge fund managers into full-on world menaces—oh wait, they already are. At least now they'll know how to rock a cape and boots though, so well done! Carry on.” (Jeff Parker, author of the supervillain team book, Thunderbolts)
About the Author
King Oblivion, Ph.D., has a doctorate in the Nefarious Sciences from Ocean Trench Fortress University. When he isn’t running things at the ISS’s giant lair in the Earth’s mantle, he spends his time in Sarasota, Florida.
Matt D. Wilson has written humor for websites including McSweeneys.net, Cracked.com, NationalLampoon.com, and ToplessRobot.com. When he’s not thinking about villainy, he spends his time as a reporter in Chicago, Illinois.
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Second, the review:
I enjoy reading these satirical 'handbooks' and have read several. My favorite is the "Action Hero's Handbook", which is essentially a "Worst Case Scenario" book with a James Bond flare. THIS is not a book like that. You will not find real-world advice for outlandish situations in this book. Instead you will find fictional-world advice for situations that are probably perfectly reasonable within the laws of a comic book universe. Overall it is surprisingly well thought out and the humor is present throughout.
The presentation is nice as well. Readability is good, the writing is always very basic and understandable. The cover design and interior artwork is nice and the parchment texture on the pages gives the book character. Points there.
I will throw in that this is a PG-13 book. Where many of these kinds of books excersise a bit of restraint for the sake of younger readers, this one seems to assume (rightly) that the average reader is going to be a young adult who has read WAY too many comics and if probably used to seeing a few swears and innuendos in a book. I'm not knocking any points off because I fall into this group.
Overall, I give it 4.5 stars, but I can't do that on Amazon, so I'm opting for the full 5.
If your into this sort of thing, give it a try. If you're not... go read something else. If you're on the fence, give it a try anyway. You never know.
Hello. I am William. This is my favorite book. Everyone should read this book. It is a hilarious... book.